Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Video Of The Week: Rowing versus Kayaking Down Under



This week's video comes to us from the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, where a star-studded crew of Aussie international rowers took on an equally loaded K4 (kayak) over a 500m course. The conditions were a bit tricky, but these athletes make it look easy, and the race is quite a barnburner. The event, a publicity stunt done right for 776BC, has generated quite a buzz (the video, uploaded yesterday, already has over 14,000 views at time of writing), and for good reason—it's very cool that Olympians like 2012 silver medalists Josh Dunkley-Smith and Will Lockwood were willing to mix it up with pride on the line. While the K4 got the better of them this time, there's no shame in it—the crew of Tate Smith, David Smith, Murray Stewart, and Jacob Clear were Olympic champions in London. You can read more about the background of the race via the official website of the Australian Olympic Committee, as well as via Reddit.

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